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Doing It The Old Fashioned Way

Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291



Things work out with the right amount of patience, persistence, and experience. I get to know potential buyers and sellers and connect with them before or as soon as a property is listed on the market. I have been working with a couple for the past three months, visiting several models, and narrowing it down to one specific top-floor condo. This is a very desirable location, and these properties rarely come on the market."

Note homes needed on the side of my weekly ad.


I find the properties by doing the following:


-Reaching out to neighbors in this community

-Closely monitoring the MLS

- Separate column in my weekly ad with 'homes needed'

-And I seek these homes on my weekly radio show.



And then it happened! That seemingly perfect condo became available on Friday, with showings and an open house scheduled for Sunday.

I called my out-of-town buyers, and they were very excited. I swiftly arranged a late Sunday appointment with the "on the ball" "listing agent, assuring him of a contract presentation.

With the offer prepared, copies made, and the Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) and Proof of Funds (POF) in hand, I met the eager buyers at 5 p.m. to show them the home they had been patiently waiting for. It was evident. Everything about this home, including size, location, and floor plan, was exactly what we wanted!   We sat at the kitchen table, reviewed the offer, answered questions, and signed the "perfect" contract.


We only had two copies, so we used the phone to scan the offer and provide the buyer with a digital copy. This process was even faster; there was no need to wait for the electronic signatures to be acknowledged, and we were ready. I handed the contract offer (the old-fashioned way) with wet signatures to the listing agent.

At the same time, I asked how the open house earlier that day went.

Canceled because "I know your reputation. There was no reason to hold an open house."

That is how to find a property for a buyer the Rome way!

Thinking of buying or selling a home

Call Margaret Rome


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Margaret Rome
HomeRome Realty

Baltimore, Maryland

Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It’s a weird combination of patient and urgency, combining to make a really effective combo

May 22, 2024 11:13 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Laura Cerrano,

The importance is knowing when to recognize and take advantage of the old and new.

May 23, 2024 05:11 AM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

The old fashioned way is solid, but the old fashioned MLS was not as good as the new MLS and did I meniton making appointments on the fly using smart phone apps. Just sayin'....Jeff 😀

May 22, 2024 11:25 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Good morning, Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI.

Our MLS, electronic signing, and appointment scheduling have all significantly improved. It's great to have the option of combining them. In this scenario, it worked a bit faster, and the outcome was positive.

May 23, 2024 05:07 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

You always having some good insight and I always appreciate it. Thank you very much as usual! :)

May 22, 2024 11:44 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Laura Cerrano, It's Always so good to see you, and I hope things are going well for you.

May 23, 2024 04:58 AM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

It is a wonderful thing when everything comes together for the perfect home for the perfect people. It sounds easy but you put a lot of time into it to know what they wanted. Doing it the Rome Way! Love it!!

May 23, 2024 01:29 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Debra Leisek

The beauty of experience comes together and makes it all look easy.

May 23, 2024 04:57 AM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

That is awesome, good luck with the transaction!   Your clients should be very pleased!

May 23, 2024 03:04 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Michael Elliott 

Thank you. With this one, we were all pleased!

May 23, 2024 04:56 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Margaret - congratulation on another successful Baltimore area real estate transaction in the making.  Good luck as closing day approaches.  It's nice when things happen.  Old-fashioned or using the latest technology.

May 23, 2024 03:09 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Michael Jacobs

Thank you. It is nice when things come together using old and/or new technologies. 

May 23, 2024 04:54 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Margaret,

And once again Margret and her Rome Way won a home for her buyers the old fashion way: being prepared and having a reputation that proceeds herself!

May 23, 2024 04:03 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Dorie Dillard Austin TX 

Always so good to see you and read your encouraging words.

May 23, 2024 04:52 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Margaret. For the perfect home call Margaret Rome. Her reputation precedes her. Enjoy your day.

May 23, 2024 04:06 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Good morning and thank you, my friend Wayne Martin 

May 23, 2024 04:50 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing Margaret!!!

You always find a unique way to make things happen towards a Win-Win-Win situation!!!


May 23, 2024 04:12 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Sham Reddy CRS, we learned from the best!

May 23, 2024 04:49 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How wonderful! I am sure everyone is thrilled!

May 23, 2024 06:04 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Kat Palmiotti

Yes, for sure. Everyone was thrilled. It is a very desirable condo and they rarely come on the market.

May 23, 2024 05:13 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Great story, and what a reputation to have. Perfect. Well done and congratulations to you and your buyers.

May 23, 2024 06:11 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543  Thank you!

This is one of the best compliments, especially coming from another REALTOR.

May 23, 2024 05:23 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Margaret there are time tested and proven methods that can always be relied on.

May 23, 2024 09:48 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

George Souto,

  Having been around for for awhile, these reliable methods have definitely stood the test of time.

May 23, 2024 05:32 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

My Grandpa used to say if it ain't broke, don't try and fix it, so if the old-fashioned way works, no need to change it, haha.

May 24, 2024 05:14 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Hi Brian England, You had a wise grandpa. This time, expediting the offer involved combining old and new methods.

May 24, 2024 08:19 AM